April 7 – Trail Pilgrims

Our first rain, but as the kids are fond of reminding us, April showers bring pilgrims (through the transitive property–can you identify the transitive element?). And today’s April showers carried these trail pilgrims across our first state line on our pilgrimage to Katahdin. In these parts, apparently even the slugs carry backpacks. We spent a long time discussing other arithmetic properties. The kids’ favorite is the associative property: they like to point out that if we do 3 fewer miles today, and 3 more miles tomorrow, it all adds up to the same number of miles. We reply that if you always put those 3 miles off until tomorrow, you run into the problem of infinite series (which don’t always behave well with arithmetic properties). Like much of parenting, this goes completely over the kids’ heads and they go back to seeing how high they can get the puddles to splash with a running jump. Sometimes it feels like we’re living in a Calvin and Hobbes strip.

8 Comments on “April 7 – Trail Pilgrims

  1. Look at it this way: If 4 people and a dog have each gone 102.5 miles, you have cumulatively hiked 512.5 miles, nearly a quarter of the length of the AT! 23.5% anyway. And I suspect Orion has probably logged the extra 34 miles you need to make it 25%.

  2. April showers bring mayflowers, and Mayflowers bring Pilgrims! Enjoying your blog.

  3. No rain, no Maine! But it is brave of you guys to keep going through the cold and wet. It rained for 3 weeks straight on my way through Virginia and almost broke me. Then I braved Hurricane Irene in Maine and thought it was great fun. I look forward to seeing how the weather in the Smokies treats you! Fingers crossed for clear weather and great views!

    • Riley, RobinHood is glad that you’re reading our blog, and he’ll write back to you soon.

  4. Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote
    The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,
    …………Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages

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